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Michael Vick's father gets 5 years for drug-ring role

Oct. 18, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a drug ring. News outlets report 56-year-old Michael Dwayne Boddie was sentenced Wednesday, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute heroin in June. He...

Philadelphia crime boss gets 2 years in prison

Oct. 17, 2018 8:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A notorious Philadelphia mob boss sentenced to two years in prison for illegal betting quipped outside court Wednesday that President Donald Trump was right to suggest cooperators or flippers should be outlawed. Smoking a cigarette, Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino chuckled when he made the...

Romania: Prosecutors won't be fired due to new work rule

Oct. 17, 2018 10:37 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's top judicial body says a new government ordinance requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have more years of experience won't apply to prosecutors who have already been hired. The government passed an emergency decree this week requiring prosecutors at the National...

US announces 15 indictments against Mexican drug cartel

Oct. 16, 2018 5:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced 15 indictments against members of one of Mexico's largest drug cartels on Tuesday. Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled the charges against members of Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion, or CJNG, which is accused of trafficking tons of cocaine,...

Sessions: MS-13 gang, drug cartels among top threats to US

Oct. 15, 2018 1:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a new task force aimed at zeroing in on the three of the world's most notorious drug cartels and the brutal MS-13 street gang, already considered a top priority for federal law enforcement.  Speaking to a group of federal prosecutors on Monday,...

Romanian govt move against prosecutors draws criticism

Oct. 15, 2018 10:30 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government passed an emergency ordinance Monday requiring prosecutors in key agencies to have more years of experience — a move that prosecutors say would hamper current investigations and force some anti-corruption prosecutors from their jobs. The move came on...

Greek police say 2 officers part of drug trafficking ring

Oct. 13, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say two policemen were involved in a drug trafficking ring that moved large amounts of cocaine, cannabis and other drugs. Police said Saturday that a Friday operation in the Athens area and in the central Greek region of Thessaly netted nine suspects, including one police...

9 arrests in Belgian football fraud, match-fixing scandal

Oct. 12, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Three days into Belgium's biggest football scandal in decades, nine people are behind bars, including one top referee and three agents. In all, 19 people faced charges ranging from match fixing to money laundering. Yet, after Wednesday's extraordinary police operation covering 57 raids in...

Mexican marines find 6 bodies in clandestine graves

Oct. 11, 2018 12:54 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Marines have found the skeletal remains of six men in illegal burial pits inside a house in the Mexican resort of Acapulco, state officials said Thursday. The Guerrero state government said some of the bodies were found with their hands and feet bound. One had a piece of wire tied around...

Authorities charge 5 in Belgian soccer corruption case

Oct. 11, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities charged five people Thursday in relation to a massive financial fraud and match-fixing probe into soccer. Four were charged with belonging to a criminal organization and corruption, while a fifth person was charged with money laundering. Prosecutors said match-fixing...